Free Waffle Stitch Dishcloth, Beginner-friendly Knit Pattern

Free Waffle Stitch Dishcloth, Beginner-friendly Knit Pattern

by Janice Jones     |Published 11-13-2022

Here another simple beginner stitch that creates a fabric with bumps that looks like tasty waffles. What better for a dishcloth?  What do you think? You might mistake this for a rib stitch because it involves making a pattern of knit and crochet stitches.

This is the perfect stitch pattern for a dishcloth or facecloth.

  • It lies flat.
  • It's easy to do
  • It’s not frilly 
  • The wrong side looks fine, too

This stitch lies flat, so you won't need to worry about creating a border around it. But if you love borders, a four row/four stitch garter stitch border is easy to do and will enhance the look. 

If you would prefer to knit a sample first, I'll provide the instructions for a small swatch.  That way you will know if this is the stitch pattern, you want to use to create one or more dishcloths, a great gift for holiday giving. 

Directions for the Waffle Knit Stitch Swatch

CO a multiple of 3 +1

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Row 4: Purl all stitches

Repeat those 4 rows to the length that you desire! These four rows complete the waffle pattern.

Ready to make one or more Dishcloths? Let's do it.

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth:  Beginner-Friendly Knit Pattern




CO=Cast On

BO=Bind off

*  *  Repeat from 

st = stitch


  • 100% Cotton Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby, I Love this Cotton)
  • Knitting needles US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


All instructions are in U.S. terms.

Finished Dimensions

Directions for Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

CO 37 sts. (3 + 1)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st. P1.

Row 3: Knit all stitches.

Row 4:  Purl all stitches.

Repeat rows 1 through 4 until piece measures 

Repeat rows 5 to 8 for pattern.